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  • mikeb64mikeb64 Posts: 1
    I would like to get some input on rust proofing. I live in the northeast were there is alot of road salt and sand on the roads in the winter. Some people tell me that rust proofing is a waste of money because the manufacturer rust proofs all the components before assembling the truck. I want my new truck, when I get it, to stay looking new for as long as possible. To me rust proofing it for a couple hundred dollars is a wise investment considering I'm trying to protect my $30K investment. I'd like to hear your opinions on this topic. Many thanks to all.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    It adds weight, and one little crack in it and it traps the salt and moisture. The worst thing you can do is put your salty vehicle in a heated garage. When it's got salt on it let it stay frozen. When it warms up spray it off. I had it on one vehicle and didn't see where it held up any better. 'course this was back in the '70s, maybe the stuff is better now.
  • dbossmandbossman Posts: 28
    Anybody with extensive towing experience with the SuperCrew? I tow a vintage mustang around on an open trailer 3 or 4 times per year.

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  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    hey guys,

    need someone with an '02 s-crew to do me a favor. i was just looking at my maintenance schedule book which came with my owner's manual. in the normal maintenance schedule it never mentions having to change the tranny fluid in the 4r70w tranny (which is the tranny all s-crews have except for the harley version which has the 4r100). anyhoo, i find this totally odd. would one or more of you check your manual to see what you come up with...? thanks.

    btw, the special (severe) maintenance section specifies 30k tranny fluid change intervals for all automatics. but i'm wondering about normal service. thanks again...
  • irondukeironduke Posts: 1
    I just got one,and i love it so far.i`m not sure if theres a problem but at low speeds i feel a vibration on steering wheel and feel it thru accecerator.not a shimmy or shake but vibration,feel vib. at highest point of 45mph.any ideas,or similar exp.
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  • bowhuntwibowhuntwi Posts: 262
    I have a similar vibration, I can feel it mostly going up a hill at low speeds...I haven't taken it in yet, but I will shortly...just turned over the 10k mi. mark after a trip to Missouri. Let me know if you find anything out.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    If you have a late Ford truck that uses the PATS ignition key(chip in it) get an extra key and use the onboard system of the truck to program the key! You need two functioning keys to program another key. The truck owners manual has instructions in on the procedure.

    My wife lost her key to our 2001 Super Crew and it will now cost us $70.00 to get a new programed key at the dealer.

    You can buy the key at the dealer, some locksmiths and on ebay where a couple of lock smiths sell the PATS key blanks.
  • tgravo2tgravo2 Posts: 70
    Anyone know if any changes will be made to the 03 Supercrew. I am interested in a 4x4, and I know the expeditions got a little redisign. I was wondering if the F-150's will be looking any different. Thanks.
  • tgravo2tgravo2 Posts: 70
    Anyone have the Keyless Start option or know how this works on the new F-150's??? After you start the engine can you just get in and drive, or do you still have to put the key in. I'm just a little curious on how this works. Thanks for any info.
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  • jdlynch2jdlynch2 Posts: 20
    I am waiting for delivery of my 2002 F-150 4x2 supercrew. I really liked the way the grill assembly looked on the 4x4, but I could not see paying the extra money just for better looks (I have no need for four wheel drive).

    Would it be possible to changeout the 4x2 series grill for the one that comes with the 4x4? What other options do I have?
  • tgrajektgrajek Posts: 3
    Has anyone seen a website or any information for the 2003 Supercrew specs? I've checked just about everything I know of and ZIP!
  • In Automobile Magazine May 2002 issue, page 16. It mentioned that Ford has pushed back the introduction of the next generation F-150 pickup from fall 2002 to early summer 2003, making it a 2004 model. It also reported that the powerplants will be carried over. Other than that, not much else is given.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    i think ford has now specified 5w20 for all their ohc v8s dating back to the early 90s.

    anyhoo, i think amsoil makes a 5w20...i don't know of anyone else, yet. i'm sure we will see more 5w20 appearing since honda is also now using 5w20 in some of its motors...

    btw, i use the motorcraft 5w20 in my truck ('02 king ranch 4x4 5.4l) and it seems to work just fine. truck doesn't appear to use any oil, or if it does it doesn't use any between 3k changes.
  • bowhuntwibowhuntwi Posts: 262
    I get them at times when I see the elephants ears coming at me on the highway connected to a nice crew cab SD. Now I don't feel like the lone ranger making jump back down in size. Most guys dream of the day when they can own a SD Crew Cab 4x4, but it is a huge truck to get around in. I take my truck to Good Year for my oil changes, with $5 off coupon you can get online, I pay around $15 for an oil change. I haven't switched to synthetic and have always used Pennzoil with no problems. Just turned my truck over 13000 mi and no problems to speak of, except 2 weekends ago, I pulled into my father-in-laws garage, loaded up our stuff, went to back up and the garage door had slipped down, scraped the cap right down about 2 inches wide and 12 inches long
    and scratches across the top. ARE is repainting and clear coating for $290. I have a ford esp 100,000 mi 0 deductible warranty so I'll drive it out and get rid of it before the major tune up at 100K. I think you will find the Screw is a more useful vehicle then the SD Crew Cab, unless you used the SD for what it was built for in Pulling.

    Reason I didn't get the Screw before was, it wasn't out yet when I bought my SD Crew Cab. But I'm glad I bought a SD first and then went to a Screw. To understand that you gotta experience it first.
  • cyberdad2cyberdad2 Posts: 13
    Hi All,

    I just purchased a new 2001 4x2 SuperCrew off of the lot (it has sat there since August 2001 - 91 miles on it), possibly in a grassy area.

    The calipers have a lot of surface rust and the rotors have splotches of rust - is this normal, or should I take it back to the dealer ASAP to get new parts put on???

    I'm really enjoying the truck so far. 17.4 mpg on the first tank.

    Thanks for you suggestions!

    Cyberdad Steve
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    All mild steel rotors are going to rust quickly when not being driven and scoured by those pads on a regular basis.The rust on the calipers and ANYWHERE ELSE under the truck is typical FORD !! Look at ANY Ford on the underside and many suspension parts will be rusted to hell in no time. Ford does not seem to care that these steel parts rust extensively. This is an area that Ford needs to work on.
    Maybe they can learn from Toyota or Honda about how to make the underside NOT turn to iron (III) oxide.
  • eleets00eleets00 Posts: 27
    Hello all. I would like to know if anyone here owns the 2000 F150 Harley Davidson SuperCab &/or the 2001 F150 Harley Davidson CrewCab. How do they drive? How is the reliability? What is the gas mileage like? I'm looking at the 2002 Ram Quad Cab, but like the Harley Davidson F150's better. But.. after my 96 Contour fiasco, I'm skeptical of buying another Ford product (I've heard the horror stories on the pre-2K2 Ram's). I live in Stn Mtn/Lithonia, GA & have to drive 48 miles round trip to work every day. Plus I plan on getting sport bike & would like to know which one is better equipped to handle the bike. How much should I expect to pay for either? Any info/advice anyone can provide will greatly appreciated.

    PS - Anyone know where I can get some info on the next generation F150's?
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